Aussies hopeful for Watson
Australia are hopeful Shane Watson can play a full part in the upcoming World Twenty20 following his recent groin strain.
Last Updated: 28/05/09 8:20am
Australia are hopeful Shane Watson can play a full part in the upcoming World Twenty20 following his recovery from a recent groin strain.
According to coach Tim Nielsen, the 29-year-old came through a two-day pre-tour camp in Queensland without suffering any ill-effects.
Nielsen and captain Ricky Ponting said Watson was set to be used as an all-rounder in the Twenty20 tournament, which starts in England on June 6.
Subject to fitness, he has also been named in the Ashes touring party - Watson getting the nod ahead of Andrew Symonds in the 16-man squad.
A succession of injuries has restricted Watson to just eight Test appearances since his debut in January 2005, with Nielsen blaming the latest setback on changes to his bowling action for recent matches against Pakistan.
"He was a bit unlucky in that Twenty20 game we played in Dubai. That put him back a couple of weeks," Nielsen said.
"He was coming back from his stress fractures and we made a few changes to his action and we think that might have been the cause of his groin (strain).
"We're taking it 'softly, softly' at the start and he appears to be going well at the moment.
"The plan will be to give him as much bowling we can at the start of the (Twenty20) series and keep working out where he sits and go from there."
Ponting said Watson was "very confident he'd be available to bowl if required in the Twenty20s."